Pet Friendly Motels in Orlando

by Tricia Chaves
Some Orlando pet-friendly hotels offer free shuttle service to Disney World.

Some Orlando pet-friendly hotels offer free shuttle service to Disney World.

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Direct access to the outdoors make walk-up motel rooms a practical choice for travelers with pets. In Orlando, Florida, Cady Way Trail on Bennett Road and Corrine Drive, and Lake Eola Park at Rosalind and Washington streets offer scenic spaces to walk your four-legged travel companion. A leash, lots of toys and a throw blanket can keep your pet comfortable during his motel stay.

Howard Johnson

The recently renovated Howard Johnson on International Drive allows pets up to 25 lbs. for a $25 per night fee per animal. Guest quarters have one or two rooms and are decorated in a green and gold color scheme. If you are visiting for a trip to the area's amusement parks, save on parking and take advantage of the free HOJO shuttle that runs to Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. The Rise and Dine continental breakfast is complimentary. The hotel has an outdoor pool and sundeck. Restaurants within walking distance include McDonald's, Red Lobster and TGI Friday's.

Motel 6

The Motel 6 chain has three Orlando-area motels that welcome your pet free of charge. The International Drive and Kissimmee motels are conveniently located near the Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios theme parks. The Orlando-Winter Park Motel 6 is less than 10 miles from the Orlando Executive Airport, Morse Museum of American Art, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Citrus Bowl, Tinker Field and Forest Lake Golf Club. Guest rooms are modestly decorated with bedding in a bold, tropical pattern. Each property has an outdoor swimming pool.

Quality Inn

The Quality Inn on International Drive has a three-diamond rating from AAA and welcomes your pet of up to 50 lbs. for a $10 nightly fee plus tax. The free I-RIDE Trolley will take you to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld and Wet N Wild. For a small fee, shuttle service can be arranged to the Orlando International Airport, Disney World and other area attractions. Kids eat free at the on-site Apothecary buffet and Lite Bite Deli eateries. Kid-friendly amenities include a playground, game room and outdoor pool.

Red Roof Inn

Pets stay for free at the Red Roof Inn, located near the Orlando Convention Center. The recently renovated property has an outdoor pool. Rooms have granite-accented bathrooms and bedrooms dressed in bright royal blue flooring, cherry red walls and bedding that captures both colors in a poppy print. You can choose from a room with two double beds or one king-size bed. Special business rooms offer ample space for work with task lighting, separate lounge seating, a mini-fridge and microwave.

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I was editor of the newspaper in college & on the yearbook staff in high school. I'm learning to speak Brazilian Portuguese.

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